Hearts/Hibs round-up: Derby| Hibs ‘crippled’

Ben Williams. Picture: Greg Macvean
Ben Williams. Picture: Greg Macvean
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A full round-up of the Hearts/Hibs news making the headlines this morning, as well as stories from the rest of Scotland and beyond.

Kane backs Williams rant

Ex-Hibs star Paul Kane says keeper Ben Williams’ tirade against the squad could be the key to firing them up ahead of the derby.

Williams let rip on his teammates after last week’s loss to St Mirren, branding Hibs “soft” and spoiled”. (Daily Record)

Locke anger

Gary Locke has hit out at the SFA after Jamie Hamill was hit with an excessive misconduct charge after he barged Ross County boss Derek Adams.

The Hearts boss is unhappy as he says the matter had been dealt with internally, but the charge could see him face a four-match ban. (Various)

Hibs ‘crippled by fear’

Hibs are crippled by fear, according to ex-Easter Road man Kevin Harper, as they face a battle to avoid the relegation playoff.

“If they get beat by Hearts and Ross County pick up some points, they are in serious trouble,” he said. (The Sun)

Praise from McGlynn

Ex-Hearts boss John McGlynn has backed Gary Locke to grow stronger after enduring one of the toughest periods in the club’s history.

The Livi manager said the tough time at Hearts will stand him in good stead for the rest of his career. (The Sun)

In brief:

• Former Hearts defender Sandy Jardine has died at the age of 65, the club have confirmed.

• Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald feels players like Jim Goodwin are a dying breed - and he has no problem with the St Mirren captain’s approach.

• Ryan Giggs will face the cameras for the first time as Manchester United’s temporary manager on Friday.

• Everton manager Roberto Martinez is keen to give striker Lacina Traore a second chance next season after a disastrous loan spell at Goodison Park.

• Chelsea midfielder Ramires will miss the Blues’ title run-in after accepting a four-match ban for violent conduct.